Arts and Culture

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Advocacy groups call it the silencing crime:  sexual violence against journalists. 

Mid-Missourians tell us about their mothers

May 13, 2012
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In a collaboration with KOMU, and the Columbia Missourian, KBIA asked our listeners "What one word describes your mother?"  The Columbia Missourian wrote up some of the great answers we got.

Happy May ft. Bike, Walk, Wheel Week and Waffles

May 11, 2012

The college students might be heading out but that doesn’t mean this town shuts down. Time to celebrate with the real locals. Join the community for Bike, Walk & Wheel Week. Support a local band or troupe of young thespians. Relive True/False. Do it all with a tummy full of chicken ’n waffles. See below.


Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

This week’s show is all about moms—and we have the good, the bad and the ugly. First up, we’ll hear about a book of portraits on the life of the American mother and later we have an audio essay on the complicated mother/daughter relationship.

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

Still thinking of what to do this Sunday for Mother’s Day? How about interviewing your mom? That’s a suggestion from veteran public radio producer and StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. Since 2003, the organization has collected over 40,000 interviews, some of which you may have heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. Some of those interviews have also been compiled into the book Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. Now in paperback, it consists of interviews with and about–you guessed it–moms. KBIA’s Rehman Tungekar spoke with Dave Isay, and he started out by talking about what the book teaches us about mothers.

KBIA visits Sedalia, Missouri

May 7, 2012
The Missouri Department of Tourism

Sedalia's about halfway between Columbia and the Kansas City metro area.

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

The Believers

Branch out from the classic Mexican food y margaritas Cinco de Mayo celebration. Before you hit up La Siesta or El Maguey, go to these events. Those tequila shots can wait. You have all weekend.

Tarina Westlund

Portland Cello Project is a collective of classically trained cellists that came out of, you guessed it, Portland, in 2007. And they’re bringing the cello to pop culture, playing music that you may not normally associate with the instrument.  They’ve played everywhere from a punk rock club in Fargo North Dakota to a sports bar in Lubbock Texas.  I spoke with the group’s artistic director Doug Jenkins who started off by explaining how the group began.

Taking a closer look at the bacon trend

May 3, 2012
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On this week's show, we’ll hear from a pioneer in the field of sociobiology, and take a closer look at an emerging food trend.

Mizzou hosts Rwanda education symposium

Apr 27, 2012
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A symposium aimed at spreading awareness about the genocide in Rwanda is taking place Saturday on Missouri’s campus.

Everyone can feel like a local this weekend. Yes, even you with the out-of-state drivers license. Just spend some time in The District. Check out a farmers market or a few local theater productions. Take a final trip to Cool Stuff. That will definitely stamp you as a cool local and stuff.

Jon Arnold Drtina / Photo courtesy of MU Department of Theatre

William Shakespeare's famous tragedy "Hamlet" is one of the Bard's most-performed plays and features one of the best-known characters in all of literature. Hamlet's famous question, "To be, or not to be," has been posed in a variety of cultural eras, settings and time zones—from Disney to spaghetti westerns.

Now, MU's theater department is placing Shakespeare's classic drama in a dark, dystopian future. KBIA's Wendy Mader talked with Kevin Brown, an assistant professor of theater at MU, about the vision behind the show.

An enigmatic governess navigates several possible romances, but what are her true motives?

Save the R&R for next weekend. This weekend is all about getting off your caboose and being active in your community. Celebrate Earth Day. Support local film, theater and art. Watch David Sedaris. Ok, he’s not a local. But, I’m sure he’d support putting off that spring cleaning for another week. Here are your excuses:

Photo courtsey of Nancy Rice

This week: St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri—the same size as New York's Central Park.  And an audio postcard of a notorious outlaw's mock trial.

A mysterious governess comes to work for a wealthy family, but she is not what she seems.

Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

St. Louis area entrepreneur Don Robinson died last month, leaving 843 acres of land to Missouri—the same size as New York's Central Park

Bonnie Parker retrial

Apr 20, 2012
Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker, one half of the bank robbing duo Bonnie and Clyde, was charged with the murder of a policeman in Grapevine, Texas in 1934. MU Law School’s Historical and Theatrical Trial Society held a mock trial for Parker, trying her under Missouri law.  KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung has this audio postcard.

Darren Hellwege / KBIA

KBIA's Darren Hellwege visits one of the smallest towns that will be part of the 40/40 project, Clark, Missouri. There may not be as much excitement as you'd find in a big city, but there are friendly people. One of them, Johnny Collie, sits on his front porch with Darren and talks about growing up in Clark and why he's still glad to call it "home".

High school artists star in Perlow-Stevens exhibit

Apr 16, 2012

Generation Next is an unusual exhibit at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery in downtown Columbia.  All pieces are coming from local high school artists.

Lunafest travels to Columbia

Apr 13, 2012
Photo courtesy of Lunafest

This week's show highlights a film festival by for and about women. Andlater in the show: an audio essay from a woman who gives a unique perspective to  kissing and being kissed.

Chelsea Turner

Sure, today's Friday the 13th, and Tax Day is next week. Who cares? Not this girl. The weekend starts today, and that’s reason enough to feel lucky. Watch a film. Shop downtown. Pick up a free tree. Here’s a list of events to ward off bad luck, or at least boredom. 

When two upper-class couples are stranded, the bidding begins for the best accommodations.

MU to conduct diversity survey

Apr 10, 2012

The Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at MU will be conducting new research to improve the climate for diversity on campus. This new phase of the study will use an online survey to reach all members of the community. Project director Roger Worthington says this year’s study differs from past version.

MU professors discuss Martin killing

Apr 10, 2012
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University of Missouri professors from four different academic fields hosted a public discussion Monday about the February shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

ARTlandish Gallery

Whether your work week dragged on or flew by, the weekend’s arrival is cause for celebration. For those not trekking out of town for Easter weekend, visit art galleries in the North Village Arts District this Friday. Or, spend Saturday at an egg hunt or a farmer’s market. 

Down by the river

Apr 6, 2012
Scarlett Robertson / KBIA

This week we head down to the Missouri River, hear a technology-centric essay about cell phones and celebrate Easter a few days early.

Video: Tai Chi master settles down in Missouri

Apr 6, 2012
Chenfei Zhang / KBIA

Arthur Du (杜新生) was a hotel manager in Jiangsu, China. He moved to Missouri last March with his wife to accompany their son, who plans to stay in the U.S. after graduation.  Language became an obstacle for Du to continue his career in an English-speaking country, so he decided to make a living by teaching Tai Chi, which has been his hobby since he was a child.

KBIA's Darren Hellwege takes us on a visit to the seat of Moniteau County, the town of California where we hear a story of community pride, the restoration of the Finke Theatre which has gone from opera house to movie theatre and is now hosting live performances as similar theaters in other communities crumble.